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Friday, January 25, 2013


-- Junior sport management student Megan Herbstritt will get to trade places for one day with President Dell’Omo, who will attend classes with Herbstritt today, Friday, Jan. 25, and then on Tuesday, Jan. 29, Herbstritt will take the reins as the university's president. A contest to trade places with the president grew out of a fundraising campaign held in the fall in conjunction with Colonial Chaos, when the Colonials men’s and women’s basketball teams hold their season-opening public practice. The Sport Management Association and Student Public Relations Group organized the effort to raise money to combat cystic fibrosis. Herbstritt raised $1,056 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Read more about RMU's own "Trading Places."

-- recently named RMU's M.S. in Taxation as one of its highest-regarded Master's in Tax (MST) programs in the United States. The findings are based on the separate survey responses of heads of 151 corporate tax departments and 184 alumni of MST programs. Survey participants were asked to select up to five schools with master's-level tax programs they hold in the highest regard. Schools were then ranked based on percentage of votes they received from each group. Robert Morris's program, which was started in 1979, was named one of the top 10 M.S. tax programs in the country, according to graduates of master's-level taxation programs. In this recognition, it joins other programs from the University of Southern California, Villanova University, and DePaul University, to name a few. Read more about this honor.

-- Madeline Marco Scanlon, a junior majoring inactuarial science and finance,  presented a paper at the Clute Institute 2013 Maui International Conference in Maui, Hawaii. The conference is an International Professional with five-track format in business and economics, education, energy policy, engineering and health science.  Scanlon's paper, "Reconciling 'Business Cents' with 'Business Sense:' An In-Depth Analysis of CSR Policies on Corporate Dynamics and Organizational Stakeholders" was voted best paper in the session. Her paper will be published in the March edition of the Journal of Business and Economic Research. Scanlon also is enrolled in the Integrated MBA program.

-- During the weekend of Jan. 25-27, the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer initiative is conducting its national Suits & Sneakers event. This event encourages basketball coaches across the country to wear sneakers with their suits during that weekend's games to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer. At RMU, Coach Andy Toole and Coach Sal Buscaglia and their staffs will be participating by wearing sneakers during their home games on Saturday, Jan. 26 against Mount St. Mary's. The American Cancer Society will have representatives at both games to provide information regarding Coaches vs. Cancer and to take donations. The effort doesn't end on the basketball court, as RMU faculty and staff will be encouraged to participate by donating $5 to ACS in order to join in the fun and wear their own sneakers to work on Monday, Jan. 28.  Please consider joining our coaches and ACS by making a contribution and having a little fun with your work wardrobe in the process.


-- Michael DiLauro, director of the Academic Media Center, wrote, filmed, and produced La Mia Stradaa feature-length documentary being shown at Heinz History Center and and on campus in the Massey Theater. 

The film offers a personal perspective on ethnicity and culture as it links ancient and contemporary Italian culture with its Italian-American counterpart. Over a period of years, DiLauro has conducted dozens of interviews, explored historical sites, sifted through archaeological artifacts, dug through family photographs, and immersed himself in the music, poetry, and oral histories of the Abruzzo, Molise and Puglia regions. DiLauro, associate professor of media arts, has earned five Emmy Awards, a Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival, and the Gabriel Award for outstanding television programming.

You can see the film Sunday, Jan. 27, at 2:30 pm at Heinz History Center or Thursday, Jan. 27 31, at 5:30 pm at Massey Auditorium. Questions can be directed to Rosanne Robinson at or x6820

-- On Wednesday, Feb. 13, the Multicultural Student Services will host the Black History Month Luncheon as they welcome guest speaker Sabrina Saunders from the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh. Through her presentation titled "Making Great Contributions to the Region Through Youth," Saunders inspires others to make a difference in the Pittsburgh region by working with the youth in the community. The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cost $5 for faculty and staff. RSVP in the Office of Student Life by Wednesday, Feb. 6. 

Saturday, Jan. 26
Women's Basketball vs. Mount St. Mary's (4 pm/Sewall Center/free)
Men's Basketball vs. Mount St. Mary's (7 pm/Sewall Center/free)

Sunday, Jan. 27
Men's Lacrosse Scrimmage vs. Mercyhurst (2 pm/Joe Walton Stadium/free)

HOOPS PROMOS ALL THREE GAMES...Sign up in the arena for a chance to win $500 in the Clearview Federal Credit Union Hoop Shoot Challenge! Also, RMU students, sign up in the arena for the Free Textbook Half Court Shot!

CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF NCAA MARCH MADNESS...Starting at 6 pm, the first 200 fans through the gates at the men's basketball game this Saturday will receive a specially commemorative-branded item signifying this season's nationwide celebration of NCAA March Madness' 75th Anniversary. Items include t-shirts, bracelets and pins!VOTE FOR HOBEY!...Three Colonial seniors are on the fan ballot for college hockey's top individual honor -- the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award -- which will be given out right here in Pittsburgh on Friday, April 12 during Frozen Four week festivities. They are forward Adam Brace, goaltender Eric Levine and forward Zach Hervato. Phase I fan voting is going on right now until March 10. Visit to vote.

VOTE FOR ARTIE!...RMU junior forward Artemis Spanou is on the FIBA ballot for Europe's 2012 Young Women's Basketball Player of the Year. Cast your vote today until Jan. 31 at  to help her candidacy!

The Andy Toole Show comes to the Monroeville Buffalo Wild Wings this Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m.!

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